Guides for this trip
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Fly or drive into Palm Springs, CA (PSP)
We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the
Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa,
14500 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240, 760-329-4481
Before body composition measurements taken
Trail mix distribution
Buy common last minute and forgotten items in Palm Springs. Specialized backpacking equipment will be obtained tomorrow.
Go out for dinner in town. Dinner not included in trip cost.
Monday, March 27, 2017
2nd set of before body composition measurements taken
Breakfast at local restaurant (Not included in trip cost)
Store all items you won't bring on the trail at either the hotel or a storage unit
Drive towards 29 Palms. On the way, take a half hour detour (each way) to cache water at the Covington
Drive to 29 Palms
Buy last minute and forgotten items at
Joshua Tree Outfitters.
Drive to Oasis North Entrance Station, park at Oasis Backcountry Board
Drop off group and give them breakfast.
Guides head to Belle Frontcountry Campground and get 1 (or 2) sites for tonight, caching water nearby
Guides head to Ryan Frontcountry Campground and cache water nearby
Guides shuttle to Boy Scout Trail trailhead and spot a car here. They then return to the Oasis Trailhead.
Begin hiking at Oasis Backcountry Board, elevation 2900'
Hike 4.7 miles on the California Riding & Hiking Trail (CR&HT) to Park Blvd, elevation 3100'
Hike 1.3 uphill miles on the CR&HT to Belle Campsite, elevation 3800'
Camp at Belle Campsite, elevation 3800'. There will be water here for the next few days that we cached earlier.
Mileage Today: 6.0. Total mileage: 6.0
Possible bailout: Park Road
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Hike 1.1 miles on the CR&HT to Pinto Basin Rd, elevation 3900'
Hike 4.3 miles on the CR&HT to Geology Tour Rd., elevation 4493'
Hike about 3.4 miles on the CR&HT to an old mining camp, elevation 4300'
Camp at old mining camp, elevation 4300'. There is a water pump here that's supposedly not reliable
but has always had (untreated) water on all of our prior trips.
Mileage Today: 8.8. Total mileage: 14.8
Possible bailout: Pinto Basin Road or Geology Tour Rd.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Hike 2.3 miles on the CR&HT to Ryan Campground, elevation 4300'
Pick up cached water here
Hike 0.7 miles on the CR&HT to Keys View Rd, elevation 4342'
Hike 1.5 miles on the CR&HT to Stubbe Springs Trail Intersection, elevation 4500'
Hike 2.2 miles on the CR&HT to Stubbe Springs Trail Intersection (different intersection), elevation 4500'
Dispersed camp at unmarked campsite practicing Leave No Trace, elevation 4500'
Optional: Day-Hike 3.0 round trip miles to the summit of Quail Peak, the highest peak
in the park elevation 5813'
Mileage Today: 6.7 or 9.7. Total mileage: 21.5 or 24.5
Possible bailout: Keys View Rd.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Hike 5.4 miles on California Riding & Hiking Trail, elevation 4700'
Hike 1.4 miles to the Upper Covington Backcountry Board, elevation 4820'
Water is cached here
Hike 2.9 miles to Covington Crest, elevation 5000'
Dispersed camp at Covington Crest practicing Leave No Trace with sweeping views towards Palm Springs,
Mileage Today: 9.7. Total mileage: 31.2 or 34.2
Possible bailout: Upper Covington Rd.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Hike 2.9 miles to Covington Flat Backcountry Board via old road at 33°59'27.82"N 116°17'40.04"W, elevation 4820'
Hike 1.5 miles down a wash to Lower Covington Flat Road extension (dirt), elevation 4600'
Hike 3.0 scenic and time consuming miles through Smith Water Canyon, elevation 3700'
There is a steep 20' rocky dropoff where we may need to lower each other and/or our packs using a rope.
Possible pools of water in Smith Water Canyon are not for our consumption
Hike 0.5 miles to West Entrance Wash, elevation 3700'
Hike 1.9 miles up Quail Wash to Johnnie Connector trail and camp there, elevation 3700'
A usually reliable water pump is here [ususally reliable is a meaningless phrase]
Mileage Today: 9.8. Total mileage: 41.0 or 44.0
Possible bailout: Lower Covington Rd., Park Boulevard
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hike 2.2 miles up to Ryan Canyon, elevation 4200'
Hike 2.3 miles to Quail Springs Picnic Area, Park Boulevard, elevation 4000'
Mileage Today: 4.5. Total mileage: 45.5 or 48.5
Possible bailout: Park Road.
Shuttle back to Oasis Entrance to pick up other vehicle
Drive back to Palm Springs
Check into the
Monroe Palm Springs,
1900 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, 760-322-3757
"After" measurements taken
Dinner in town (cost not included in trip cost)
This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at
the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew
and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if
this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
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Check out of Hotel
We will drop you at the airport